IRAN’S presidential election on June 14 will be neither free nor fair. The candidates on the ballot have been preselected in a politically motivated vetting process that has little purpose other than ensuring the election of a compliant president who will be loyal to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Regardless of the outcome of the vote, the most urgent challenge for both the next president and Ayatollah Khamenei will be to confront a rising tide of discontent resulting from a rapidly deteriorating economic situation.
The outside world is primarily focused on whether the election will signal a shift in the Iranian regime’s stand on the nuclear issue. But for the average Iranian the most important issue is the impact of this election on her pocketbook — especially for the hardworking masses, whose purchasing power has drastically decreased as they struggle to provide the most basic necessities for their families.
Iran’s industrial workers, teachers, nurses, government and service-sector employees have been hit hard. The profound mismanagement of the economy by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government, coupled with stringent international sanctions, has made these workers’ plight the most important aspect of Iran’s domestic politics. Continue reading →
“The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declares unequivocally that the revolutionary movement and its New People’s Army (NPA) have not only successfully overcome the Arroyo regime’s counterrevolutionary efforts, but have achieved great strides in advancing the people’s war.”
The CPP issued this statement in connection with the scheduled testimonial parade today to be carried out by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for its outgoing commander-in-chief President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who it claims provided “a clear direction in the fight against communist insurgency” and “was able to set the trend against insurgency that can be sustained by the next administration.”
The AFP claims “more provinces have been declared as insurgency-free.” ”The top officials of the AFP, including its commander-in-chief Arroyo have nothing to celebrate today. In the whole nine years of Arroyo’s rule and the implementation of their ruthless Internal Security Operational Plan Bantay Laya, they have completely failed in their declared objective of reducing the revolutionary armed resistance to insignificance,” declared the CPP.
“Through the past nine years, the revolutionary movement and its armed forces have grown in strength, seized thousands of firearms from the AFP to arm a steady stream of new recruits, expanded areas of operation, assiduously built the people’s organized strength and advanced their struggles against feudal and semifeudal exploitation and fascist oppression in the rural areas. They have also remained strong and vibrant in urban poor and worker communities,” the CPP added. Continue reading →